October 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM
West Coast climate-change agreement in the works for Monday
Three West coast governors and the premier of British Columbia on Monday are expected to announce a regional strategy to combat climate change and promote clean energy.
Details were scarce Friday, except that the governors of California, Washington and Oregon and the premier are set to meet in San Francisco for the announcement.
“I know there’s a lot of policy they want to line up, things that have to do with electrical vehicle purchases and energy efficiency,” said Hedia Adelsman, an executive policy adviser on climate change with the state Department of Ecology.
“There is interest in trying to reconstitute some kind of agreement between the states,” Adelsman said, but did not know if it would deal with cap and trade issues.
Spokesmen for Gov. Jay Inslee, California Gov. Jerry Brown, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, and Premier Christy Clark declined comment.
Inslee has indicated his support for a cap and trade approach in Washington state. At a meeting earlier this month, the governor noted this state would fall short of its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if it did not implement a carbon tax.
“That shows the necessity in my view of having a belt-and-suspenders, economy wide approach to capping emissions in this state,” Inslee said.
The Legislature in 2008 passed a law calling for the state to reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to 1990 levels by 2020, reduce emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035, and 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
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